The Washington Football Team has the number 19th pick in this evening’s NFL Draft. They have a number of needs on both sides of the football, and there has been much speculation about what direction they will go in with the selection. With the off season signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, and the re-signing of Taylor Heinicke, they have put themselves in a position in which they do not HAVE to select a quarterback, but if one falls to them, it may be hard to pass up a Justin Fields if he is still available when they select. That said, here are some other options they may want to consider position wise with the 19th selection and some of the better players that may be available when they select:
1. Washington is in desperate need of middle linebacker, and there should be a number of available options there at 19, but they could choose to wait until day two to draft one. (Best possible: Micah Parsons- Penn State; Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah-Notre Dame)
2. Washington addressed corner in free agency this off season, but if one of top players at the position drops to 19, it may be hard for them to pass up selecting one of the better corners with some uncertainty at the position heading into the 2021 season. (Best Possible: Patrick Surtain Jr.-Alabama; Asante Samuel Jr. Florida State)
3. Wide receiver may be another position that Washington chooses to continue to upgrade, but only if one of the top three projected prospects falls to them. Outside of that, they could wait until later in the draft with the return of Kelvin Harmon, and the off season signing of Curtis Samuel to fall back on. (Best Possible: Devonta Smith-Alabama; Rondale Moore-Purdue)
4. Washington has Cornelius Lucas returning at left tackle, but they may look to upgrade with by selecting one of the top left tackles in the draft pending availability. (Best Possible: Christian Darrisaw-Virginia Tech; Alijah Vera-Tucker-USC)
5. Trading down may not be a bad play contingent on how the board is falling. If Washington can get a team provide them with additional picks and only have to move down a few slots to do so, it may most certainly be worth considering.
Washington definitely has options. The question is, what direction will Ron Rivera decide to go in. I think a lot could depend of what happens the first 10 to 12 picks. There has been a lot of conversation about Washington possibly moving up, so that most certainly can’t be ruled out, but the question is what would the price tag be to do so. Washington is in a good spot though in that they get an opportunity to watch the board fall and game plan how they want to attack their first selection. Rivera I’m sure has an idea of who he wants or/and what he wants to do with the selection, but things can change on draft night, and we have seen some wild transactions take place that change franchises fortunes for the better and worse. Stay tuned ladies and gentlemen. As you were…